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Heathmont Farmers Market

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Small market, but large range of produce
The Heathmont Farmers Market is a project of the Heathmont Lions Club and occurs on the first Sunday of each month. The next one is on 1st September 2019.

Lions sign
They organise the market.

All the photos with this article were taken at the August market, which was held in somewhat cold overcast conditions after morning drizzle.

Outdoor seating
The alfresco dining area.

There were twenty stalls offering a large variety of what you would expect at a farmers market. Despite the weather, it was very well patronised and most stallholders were kept busy.

Market stalls
One of two rows of stalls.

Market stalls
The other row.

It is a family friendly market with a jumping ride for the children at $3-00 for five minutes of jumping fun. It looked fun, but the entrance looked too small.

The jumping ride.
Bouncing fun in here.

A small farmyard was very popular with the children, featuring many chickens, a couple of geese, ducks and guinea pigs. The children were able to enter the enclosure and pat them.

Pet animals
Pets inside, viewers outside.

Several stalls offered fresh fruit and vegetables. Having been brought up on a market garden, I could tell they were all freshly harvested.

Vegetable stall
Fresh vegetables here.

There was a good variety of goodies to eat on the spot, one being the Lions Clubs sausage sizzle.

Sausage sizzle
A sizzling experience here.

The Tru Blu Aussie pie stall catered for all tastes, offering many different hot or cold pies, pasties, sausage rolls and quiches. Vegetarian and vegan tastes were also catered for.

Pie cart
Pies, pasties etc, hot or cold.

Dahlia Cakes were selling cakes and very tasty looking biscuits.

Cake stall
The mouth watering stall.

The Koonwarra Store from Gippsland were selling homemade produce including pies, pate, lemon butter, cheeses and pesto.

Market stall
More goodies.

If you were feeling thirsty the Revive Mobile Café could supply you with coffees, juices, soft drinks and ginger breads to nibble on.

Mobile café.
For your liquid fix.

Hov's Chilli House was offering chilli products and Heathmont Honey was selling many varieties of honey, assisted by a large bee lounging on a nearby chair.

Honey stall
How sweet it is.

Large bee.
A not so busy bee.

Man's best friend wasn't forgotten with a stall selling dog health food.

Dog food stall.
Healthy doggy treats here.

Good Lookin' Googees would win the prize for the most innovative salesperson. Free range eggs are their product and the sales lady almost had egg on her face.

Egg hat.
It pays to advertise.

Free off road parking is available and admission is by a gold coin donation.

It's not a big market but offers big value on fresh produce.
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Where: Heathmont Farmers Market. Great Ryrie Primary School, Great Ryrie Street, Heathmont. Melways map: 49 K. 11.
Cost: Gold coin donation
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